Gardena Cinema was built in 1947 and is an old-fashioned single screen movie theater with a seating capacity of 800. Our large screen is over 35 feet wide. We also have a state-of-the-art Dolby Digital©; surround sound system to enhance the original theater atmosphere.
Gardena Cinema is the only old-fashioned single screen movie theater in the South Bay area that shows first-run Hollywood movies. Gardena Cinema is a family-operated establishment. Since 1995, the Gardena Cinema has been showing mainstream Hollywood movies. As one patron puts it, "It's too bad that there aren't anymore theaters like the Gardena Cinema."
The Gardena Cinema had gone through many format changes over the past 25 years. We have shown films from all over the world, including South Korea, Mexico, and Japan. During the late 1970's to the 1980's, the Gardena Cinema was called "Teatro Variedades" and showed Spanish language films. Teatro Variedades also hosted some of the most well-known names in Mexico for live variety shows. Some of the talents that have graced our stage are La India Maria, Pedro Infante, and Jorge Rivera.
Before being Teatro Variedades, the Gardena Cinema was known as the Park Theatre.
The Gardena Cinema is conveniently located south of the 105 and north of the 91 freeway; east of the 405 freeway and west of the 110 freeway. We are 25 minutes south of Downtown Los Angeles and 35 minutes north of Anaheim (Orange County).